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Five Best Smarter Light Bulbs

You might think light bulbs are a commodity, and to many, they are. Still, they’re not all alike. Some have smart home features, some are super efficient, some change colour and some even have Wi-Fi! This week we’re looking at five of the best light bulbs to save you money around the house, or customise the lighting to your mood, based on your nominations.


How To Improve Your Photos And Videos With Affordable Lighting

The big difference between good looking photos and video and bad ones comes down to how well things are lit. Whether you’re an amateur photographer building a home studio or a budding YouTube star, here are some simple tricks for casting the right light without spending a fortune on professional equipment.


Change The Trim On Recessed Lighting For A Cheap Upgrade

When you are ready to change the look of your recessed lighting, there is a cheaper and easier way to do it than replacing the entire fixture: Just swap out the trim.


How To Pick The Best Light Bulbs For Every Room In Your House

Lighting is a subtly powerful thing. It can impact everything from your sleep schedule to your brain power. So it’s understandable that you want your home, the place you presumably spend a big chunk of your life, to be lit nicely. But there are so many different options to choose from. Here’s a basic guide to get you started.


Build Your Own Motion-Controlled Cabinet Lights

If you have a place in your house where the lighting is particularly bad, sticking a little LED light on the underside of a cabinet or on a wall is a great solution. If you want a little more control over the light, Hackaday community member Thomas Snow added in motion control.


Build Your Own Automatically Dimming Lamp With A Sleep Timer

Sometimes, it’s nice to have a light on as you get ready for sleep, but having it at full brightness is no good. Make shows how to build a self-dimming lamp with a built-in sleep timer.


Why Bias Lighting Increases Your TV's Contrast And Saves Your Eyes

Bias lighting can help reduce the eye strain caused by long exposures to TV screens and monitors in dark rooms, but it can also help make the greys and blacks on your screen seem richer.


Build A Simple Mini Flip Light In Under 30 Minutes

Lamps are easy to come by, but if you want to make your own, Make shows off an incredibly simple build that stuffs a flippable light inside a small jar.


Build A Spotlight With A Flashlight And A Magnifying Glass

If you need to do some serious nighttime spotting, you can make a powerful spotlight using a flashlight focusing light through a large magnifying glass.


Make A Motion-Triggered Night Light For Under The Bed

If you’re tired of bumping into things when you get out of bed in the middle of the night, this DIY project may be for you. LEDs mounted under the bed turn on when you get up or approach the bed, but only if the room is dark.


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